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Links 1 through 2 of 2 by Latoya Peterson tagged globalhealth

"On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce a significant commitment to a group working to address the problem, with a goal of providing 100 million clean-burning stoves to villages in Africa, Asia and South America by 2020. The United States is providing about $50 million in seed money over five years for the project, known as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

"The World Health Organization says that indoor air pollution caused by such cooking methods is the fourth greatest health risk factor in developing countries, after unclean water and sanitation, unsafe sex and undernourishment. The gathering of fuel is mainly done by women and children, millions of whom are exposed daily to dangers in conflict-torn regions. The need to forage for fuel also keeps millions of children out of school."

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In most of Africa, there was only 1 operating room per 100,000 people. In the poorer parts of Asia and Latin America, there were 4 to 10 per 100,000. In Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, there were about 15. In Eastern Europe and the wealthiest Asian countries, there were about 25.

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